(It truly did feel like I was back in school with all the note taking I did!)
It was amazing. Like, unbelievably amazing. The instructors were all very accomplished experts in their own fields who had a wealth of knowledge to share, and I found each one of them superbly interesting and often quite entertaining.
As usual, the highlight of each day was attending the Marvin Goldstein/Janice Kapp Perry class. These two human beings are both extraordinarily talented in their chosen music field.
Anyways, while listening to Sister Perry speak one day she talked about developing our talents. Interestingly, she didn't start writing music until she was 38, and she only did it because a sports injury had sidelined her from basketball and she was confined to weeks of taking it easy. So, a friend asked her to write the score for their wards "roadshow" production, and she said yes. And, that is how her amazing musical career got its start!
She discussed the idea of thinking deeply about what things come particularly easy to you. What are you naturally good at? We can all think of the things we are bad at (my list is endless!!!), but we often shrug off the ideas of what we are good at because we either can't see our talents for what they are, or we see someone in that particular field who is a genius at it, so we compare ourselves thus, diminishing our own view of ourselves. I do this one a lot. There is always going to be someone who is better at me in writing, knitting, reading, decorating, photography etc...so why pursue my talent farther?
This is the wrong attitude. Instead, she encouraged us all to figure out what we are good at and do it. A lot. Cultivate our skills. Take classes to better our knowledge and ability. Read books about it. Do what you can to truly develop the talent The Lord has given you and then share it with others. This spoke so much to me. Growing up I had always felt talent-less because I didn't have any talents that you could perform for the ward talent show. Now, I see that was so, so incorrect. My talents are not ones that get applauded by audiences, but they are talents nonetheless.
And, so I've decided to heed her advice and get busy working on them and try harder to display them as well. Therefore, I'm starting with writing and photography. Those two are the ones that always call to me. They fill my dreams, idle thoughts and passions more than any other.
With this decision, I am going to make this blog a larger part of my life. This blog will become a place where my writings and photography will come more frequently and hopefully improve as I work harder on my craft. I'm planning to make this blog transition into a daily posting blog, instead of a 2-3 times a week posting blog.
I hope you guys don't mind going along for the ride with me on this. I'll be putting a lot out there, some good, a bit great, and some mediocre, but mostly I will be producing more in hopes of honing my craft with a more diligent effort.
***btw, singing A Child's Prayer along with Janice Kapp Perry (who wrote it!) is an out of body experience I was lucky enough to experience twice last week***